...slept soundly through some exciting information. Especially as one on the Prosecution side was reported to be a criminal Lawyer. I can't tell if we ever heard from him with his expertise, but he may have been sent for coffee as the others were having a hard time keeping involved.
I am no lawyer, but it seems obvious to me that none of the legal representatives on Ike's side were other than corporation lawyers dealing with the mining industry, taxes, and so on. They knew almost nothing about criminal law proceedings. And such examinations may well have been under-evaluated in Tombstone as most criminal conduct got handled pretty quick on the streets by law officers or by riders who made it over the mountains pretty quick.
The clown on the Defense side seemed to know his business, but he was inclined to ridicule, intimidate, and make up ridiculous questions. He was more of a showman, it seems. Read just some of his questions without looking at the answers. He completely accepted Wyatt's story without any attempt to strengthen it or back it up. He assumed he could just insist upon it.
Though it was Behan's testimony in the Inquest, his quoting one of the Earps approaching the ranchers and telling them "...they OUGHT to make a fight!..." should have gotten some response from the Prosecution. It didn't, though they had to know about it and should have required Behan to repeat it in the Hearing. It was explosive!
Mrs. King's testimony on both counts was damaging, yet she was all but ignored by both sides. She made no mistakes, did not 'mis-hear' anything. She was fully alert and engaged, close enough to hear Virgil's instructions, even to the point of noting he turned his head enough so Wyatt and Morgan. in back, got the message. She even changed her wording to 'let them have it' to show she fully understood what was said and meant.
...and the Prosecution snored on! Wes Fuller and Billy Allen also had important testimony which went right over their heads. Some 'Dream Team.' I still feel sorry for Ike as he trusted what he thought were lawyers; to him, all lawyers being the same.
Joyce, You present a fascinating piece of sophistry on how Ike Clanton managed to select a remarkable bunch of boobs to run the prosecution of the Earps. You claim they were a bunch of mining attorneys... more
...the 'dream team,' on both sides. I am really concerned about the willingness to accept the outstanding credentials of these men and yet I see what I consider very poor performance. I suspicion their... more
Casey, Thank you for the crash course as there is always much to learn when it comes to complications of the Law at any time in history, and more so now. And in all fairness, one has to recognize that... more
Joyce, Before I can respond, I need to ask a couple of questions. First, why do you believe Billy Clanton was still sitting on his horse? I would have expected he would have dismounted, but that... more
...I think you are being a little unfair in assuming Ike was 'shooting off his mouth' to anyone he could. Actually, other than the episode in the courtroom after Virgil arrested him, no one who witnessed... more
...regarding the Holliday time. People my age find that most of their family are spread all over the country and time and distance make a difference in gathering together. No one comes to grandma's house... more
Casey, you have really been up all night on this one, I think, and now it will keep me up all night! Thanks a lot! But I don't have enough sense to quit even though I am only a little behind. I,... more
Joyce, you state: "For example, I would expect the Prosecution to subpoena the fellow Frank was walking and talking with on Fremont just before Behan caught up with him. Would it not be beneficial to learn... more
...the problem is this is a court case 140 years old. We cannot guess or assume as we can only accept witness testimony. So we have to derive some logical and reasonable deductions from the statements... more
BJ But when he tried to sell the idea that the Earps and Holliday talked to him about murdering two people, which no one would do, He destroyed his crediibility. Also a good friend of Wyatts was shotgun... more
2nd to last line should be'...why wouldn't the Prosecution...' I have to refer to both of Mrs. King's statements; Inquest and Hearing. The Inquest had to be on their minds if they were as sharp... more